I haven’t looked at my Just Say Yes graph in quite some time and thought it was time to take it out again.
I do think I have been lacking intentionality when it comes to consistently saying Yes to children this year. I am not sure why, and I hope printing this out to have in my room will assist me in saying Yes more often.
I set up a watercolor provocation using three large glass jars for the watercolor, while normally we use small baby food glasses or similarly sized containers. With the paint was a basket of scrap wood.
F: I put the pieces in the watercolor.
P: Can I have my own green?
E: I need a little yellow.
N: Can I pick out my own color?
N: I need more water in mine.
S: Can I pour yellow in the blue? *I said yes, but asked she did it over the sink*
F: I want more. I can fill it up.
F experimented with making the watercolor overflow by adding wood pieces to the jar. Some spilled onto the chair, the table, the floor.
At the end, N and M asked to wash out the jars. They brought them to the sink and washed, lathered, and rinsed all the jars and paintbrushes for us.
There were so many times I wanted to interject. I challenged myself to question why I wanted to stop them from doing something, and then either let it go, or altered my approach. Such as when I told S she could pour, but to do it over the sink to avoid dumping watercolor all over the table/floor.
I plan on posting the Just Say Yes graph in my classroom. I am curious to see how families and other teachers respond, and what their thoughts are on Just Saying Yes.